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B.C. declares Apprenticeship Recognition Month

DCN-JOC News Services
B.C. declares Apprenticeship Recognition Month
PROVINCE OF B.C.—A Vancouver Island apprentice completes one of their projects. The Province of B.C. has officially declared November Apprenticeship Recognition Month.

VICTORIA—B.C. officials are asking tradespeople to take a bow and be honoured during Apprenticeship Recognition Month.

“There are wonderful benefits to a career in the trades and Apprenticeship Recognition Month is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of apprentices, employer sponsors, youth participants and foundation students across B.C.,” said Anne Kang, minister of advanced education and skills training, in a statement. “Our government values the tradespeople who are contributing to B.C.’s economic recovery. They are building our homes, fixing our cars and creating modern solutions. We are committed to creating opportunities for women, Indigenous peoples and other underrepresented groups to find good-paying, long-lasting careers in the trades.”

November has been officially proclaimed as Apprenticeship Recognition Month. During the month officials will be highlighting the many roles apprentices play in supporting a strong economy and building a stronger B.C, as well as opportunities for people to start a career in the skilled trades.

“Developing and maintaining a highly skilled workforce is vital to B.C.’s economic recovery,” said Andrew Mercier, parliamentary secretary for skills training. “We recognize that the continued success of the apprenticeship system requires strong relationships and ongoing collaboration between employers, workers, industry, labour, training providers and government. The quality training apprentices receive lays the foundation and ensures they are technically skilled and ready to work and build a stronger B.C.”

The Industry Training Authority noted its Find Your Trade campaign encourages residents to explore the skilled trades through its website, www.findyourtrade.ca.

The site can connect people with 100 trades programs and career options and includes quizzes and videos to help jobseekers find a trade that fits them. 

WorkBC.ca is also launching a new Career Education Resources microsite created specifically for B.C. educators. Linking WorkBC resources to the Ministry of Education’s career education curriculum, the new section of WorkBC.ca features lesson plans that showcase labour-market information, career discovery tools and interactive activities to encourage students to pursue various careers, including those in the skilled trades.

According to the province, there are more than 37,000 registered apprentices, 7,600 youth program participants and 4,050 trades foundation students in B.C. One in 10 apprentices are women and seven per cent of B.C. apprentices are Indigenous.

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